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Raser gets double as season ends

That's two winner's checks for Dave Raser!

Dave Raser saved his best for last at Maple Grove Raceway Saturday.

The competitor from Oxford, Pa., won two of the six classes contested in the Turkey Trots E.T. bracket race that completed The Grove’s 2013 season. Raser won Pro and Street eliminators in his 1984 Ford station wagon.

Winners received a $25 grocery gift card to use toward Thanksgiving dinner in addition to prizes based on a standard Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail purse. More >

Simpers wins E.T. Shootout

Gary Simpers receives his golf cart from MGR vice president/general manager Lex Dudas.

Gary Simpers and his Comet station wagon won the E.T. Shootout at Maple Grove Raceway Sunday during the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals. A Pro E.T. driver in the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail Series, Simpers won the annual “golf cart” race over Jeffrey Burnley from the Top Bike class.

The winning pass was 10.617 seconds at 104.30 mph that was .14 over his dial-in. Burnley was a little slower off the starting line and ran 11.690 at 103.63 on his sled that was .25 over his dial.

As runner-up, Burnley won a 32-inch HD TV courtesy of P.C. Richard & Son.

The yellow golf cart won by Simpers was sponsored by D&G Golf Carts, Awesome Vinyl, Potty Queen and P.C. Richard & Son.

Off to the E.T. Finals

The NHRA Northeast Division Summit Racing Series E.T. Finals are being held Thursday through Sunday at Numidia Dragway.

Team Maple Grove will be going for an unprecedented 13th team championship. The management of Maple Grove Raceway wishes our bracket racers the best of luck this weekend.

Bring home No. 13!!!

It’s time for UTI Funday Sunday

Every year novice racers get a chance to show their stuff and win some hardware as Maple Grove Raceway presents Universal Technical Institute Funday Sunday.

Funday Sunday features three eliminator races – Sunday Eliminator (open to all competitors), Motorcycles and UTI Students/Instructors. The winner of each vehicle eliminator will receive a 6-foot trophy, while the runner-up will get a 4-footer. In fact, all participants will receive a trophy.

Gates open for Funday Sunday at 8 a.m. with time trials at 9 and eliminations to follow. Car and driver can enter for $25, while spectators, crew and fans are $10 each.

Bracket racers collect Wallys

Denny Renninger has a big fan club in Victory Lane.

Denny Renninger saved his best for last. The Leesport, Pa., racer was the Pro class winner Sunday as Maple Grove Raceway presented its annual National Dragster Challenge.

Even though the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Series wrapped up its season on Labor Day weekend, several racers returned to The Grove for a chance to win a prestigious Wally trophy that features the likeness of NHRA founder Wally Parks. For just about any drag racer, earning one can be considered a career highlight.

Wallys were also handed out to Derrick Fox (Super), Tom Harhart (Street) and John Lippincott (Top Bike).

The Race 4 Ronald’s House charity race was also held, and nearly 60 drivers took part. The annual event put together by Denny Parisan from County Corvette of West Chester, Pa., benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia.

Another charity event kicked off the weekend. The Humane Society of Berks County held its annual Walk for the Animals and Walktoberfest on Saturday, drawing thousands of animal lovers and their dogs. More >

Attention racers: Trailers must be removed by Sept. 22

If you have stored your trailer or hauler at Maple Grove Raceway this season, it must be removed by Sunday, Sept. 22.

This is to make room for the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals.